Now in its sixth year, National Book Week will be celebrated across the country next week, from 7 to 13 September.
The Deputy Minister of Arts and Culture, Rejoice Mabudafhasi, launched National Book Week and the National Book Week Tour Bus ahead of its one week tour at Emoyeni Conference Centre in Parktown.
“The importance of reading in order to achieve success in life is foundational for the individual and essential for nation building and social cohesion,” Mabudafhasi said. “The Department of Arts and Culture’s Mzansi Golden Economy strategy recognises the power of the sector to contribute to job creation, poverty reduction, skills development and above all, economic growth.”
According to the Department of Arts and Culture, only 14 percent of South Africans read books, while half the country’s homes do not contain a single leisure book.
South African Book Development Council CEO Elitha van der Sandt says: “We are very excited about this one. We have partnered with Exclusive Books and Bargain Books so that from 7 to 20 September, selected books will be sold for R20. Please buy a book, not for yourself but for someone who doesn’t own one!”
The public is also encouraged to purchase the books for R20 and donate them by placing them in the NBW book bins in the stores for donation to charity.
The #GoingPlaces Campaign
The #GoingPlaces campaign involves the Department travelling throughout the country distributing book during National Book Week.
Director General of the Department of Basic Education Matanzima Mweli says: “We need civil society to support what schools are doing. We have to go beyond to get the nation reading. That’s why every year, the department delivers 1 000 libraries to schools because it realises that the future does not belong to us; it is borrowed from our children.”
National Book Week ambassadors include Lupi Ngcayisa, Stoan Seate, Refiloe Mpakanyane, Jena Dover, Pearl Thusi and Aaron Moloisi. They will be accompanied by the NBW mascot, Funda Bala.
The National Book Week Bus Tour will make stops in Gauteng, Limpopo, KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape. Satellite programmes will also take place in the Free State and Western Cape.
All events will promote the key message of encouraging reading as a fun activity, with a strong focus on indigenous languages and local authors as well as library awareness and access.
IBBY SA en Unisa nooi jou graag na ‘n Afrikaans-Nederlandse storie-aand met verskeie internasionale kinder- en jeugboekskrywers en illustreerders.
Die storie-aand vorm deel van Unisa se sewende “Storytelling Festival” en vanjaar sal die stories vir die eerste keer in Afrikaans en Nederlands vertel word.
Kom luister na die stories van Anzil Kulsen, Stefan Boonen (Vlaandere), Ted van Lieshout en Philip Hopman (Nederland) en Hans Eichab (Namibië) op Dinsdag, 10 September om 18:00 by Protea Boekwinkel Hatfield.
Verversings sal bedien word en is geborg deur die Ambassade van Nederland. RSVP voor of op 8 September om ‘n sitplek te verseker.
Bookdealers Greenside and Mapolaje Publishers would like to invite you to the launch of When Time Fails by Marilyn Cohen de Villiers.
Come celebrate the second book in De Villiers’ The Silverman Saga on Tuesday, 9 September, at 6 for 6:30 PM. The event will take place at Bookdealers Greenside where the author will be in conversation with former book editor of The Star, James Mitchell.
When Time Fails tells the story of a woman’s struggle to come to terms with her past and her changing present.
You are invited to join the Bloggers’ Social Evening being hosted by Exclusive Books Dainfern Square.
It will be an evening of wine, snacks and socialising. Lood du Plessis will chair a discussion between Joan de la Haye, Monique Snyman and Monique Bernic about blogging. There are also fantastic goodie bags for the first 20 bloggers to reply.
The event is on Saturday, 5 September at 5:30 for 7 PM at Exclusive Books Dainfern Square.
Alert! The programme for the ParkWords 2015, Parkview Literary Festival, has been released.
The festival, which is hosted by the Parkview Residents’ Association, is a celebration of the literary talent in the area. It features informal talks and debates, events for children and teenagers, food and entertainment, and the opportunity to buy many wonderful books!
This is is the second year of the festival, and the line-up of authors is even more exciting than last year’s programme. The authors and literati who will be taking part are: Mondli Makhanya, David Smith, William Gumede, Justice Malala, Greg Mills, Peter Bruce, Tim Cohen, Rob Rose, Chris Yelland, James Styan, Ray Hartley, Carlos Amato, Kevin McCallum, Harriet Gavshon, Sarah Emily Duff, Andrea Burgener, Richard Steyn, Tim Couzens, Jenny Crwys-Williams, Craig Higgingson, Mandla Langa, Pamela Power, Judith Ancer, Arthur Goldstuck, Maureen Isaacson, Karen Lazar, Lisa Seftel, Wayne Duvenage, Ben Williams, Achmat Dangor, Dov Fedler, David Williams, David Lewis, Didi Moyle, Bridget Hilton-Barber, Denise Slabbert, Jabulile Ngwenya and Michele Magwood.
The discussion is titled “Of Nature and Imagination”.
Literary Crossroads is a new series of talks where South African writers meet colleagues from all over the continents and from the African diaspora to discuss trends, topics and themes prevalent in their literatures today. The series is curated by Pumla Dineo Gqola and Indra Wussow.
From the Goethe-Institut:
Henrietta Rose-Innes is a writer from Cape Town, South Africa, now based at the University of East Anglia, UK. She is the author of four novels and a book of short stories. Her novel Green Lion came out from Penguin Random House SA (Umuzi) in May 2015, and will appear in French translation in 2016 (Editions Zoe). Nineveh (2011) came out in French in 2014 (Ninive, Editions Zoe) and will be published in Spanish by Almadia at the end of 2015.
Angela Makholwa lives and works in Johannesburg. Her debut novel, Red Ink (2007), is a gripping psychological thriller. This was followed by the entertaining escapades and sexual misadventures of modern women in The 30th Candle (2009). Black Widow Society marks a return to a thrilling, crime-ridden world. Other books by Angela include 30th candle and Black Widow Society.
The National Book Week will run from Monday, 7 September, until Sunday, 13 September. The 2015 bus schedule has been confirmed, and the fun will start on Monday when the bus will visit Gauteng readers at the Heidelberg Extension 23 Library.
On Tuesday, 8 September, the National Book Week tour will visit North West, the Free State and the Western Cape, and on Wednesday it will move on to Limpopo, the Eastern Cape and Western Cape. On Thursday residents of KwaZulu-Natal, Eastern Cape and Western Cape will celebrate the wonder of books and the bus tour will end on Friday, 11 September in the Steve Biko Centre in Ginsberg in the Eastern Cape.
This September, the nation will experience the thrilling joy of books as the SABDC continues to call on individuals, families and corporates to Buy-A-Book during National Book Week from 7-13 September.
It is during this week that the SABDC, in partnership with the Department of Arts and Culture, celebrates National Book Week with the themes #GOINGPLACES and #BUYABOOK
This year the events leading up to the National Book Week kicked off with the launch of the 67 Books for 67 Minutes campaign which aims to invest in the literacy of young people by calling on publishers to donate R6 700 for 67 books by South African authors. These books will be given to underprivileged families.
SABDC CEO Elitha van der Sandt says, “We are planting seeds this year, it all starts with an idea. Just as NBW started with an idea, with the planting of a seed. We are confident that this part of the campaign will grow as organically as NBW has.”
Delegates from the National Book Week and Cape Media, a proud supporter of the 67 Minutes for 67 Books Campaign, have already visited the children at Ncedolwethu Ophanage in Mfuleni to donate books:
Realising Madiba’s dream of a better South Africa 67 books at a time!
National Book Week: 67 Minutes for 67 Books
Johannesburg, South Africa (15 July 2015) – The sixth annual National Book Week (NBW) celebrates Nelson Mandela Day with a “Call To Action” for individuals and businesses to join the Buy a Book Campaign: 67 Books for 67 Minutes. The campaign is run by the South African Book Development Council (SABDC) to stimulate and grow the local book industry by developing readers and supporting South African authors. NBW will take place on September 7 – 13, 2015.
This July, as the nation honours Nelson Mandela’s legacy, the campaign calls on corporate organisations to turn their 67 minutes of service into R 6700 for 67 Books by South African authors. Joining the “Call To Action” is an investment in the country’s book industry.
It was Madiba who said, “It is my wish that the voice of the storyteller may never die in Africa, that all the children of the world may experience the wonder of books.”
NBW invites you to help build Madiba’s dream of a better South Africa 67 books at a time.
Guided by Madiba’s passion for education and reading, the Buy A Book Campaign is about putting books in the homes of underprivileged families and individuals who can otherwise not afford them.
NBW has partnered with Cape Media Corporation (CMC), which will use their annual Coporate Social Investment Programme to join in the Buy A Book Campaign. Cape Media will donate books to children at the Ncedolwethu Ophanage in Mfuleni, and the Dangerous Heroes girls’ soccer team in Phillipi Township.
CMC is a leading communications company which specialises in business-business publications. They publish 15 titles covering virtually every aspect of business, industry and trade and investment, including their award-winning flagship title, Leadership magazine.
Robert Arendse, Managing Director of CMC, says the company embraced the campaign immediately because it’s a rare opportunity not only to donate books, but to share the joy of reading with the children in their mother tongue. As Nelson Mandela himself once said: “If you talk to a man in a language he understands, it goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language that goes to his heart.”
Why the Buy A Book Campaign is so important
The Buy A Book Campaign aims to create better-informed and self-reliant communities by investing in the literacy of young people and underprivileged adults. The campaign is motivated by studies that show that children who grow up with books have stronger chances at greater educational attainment; easily transcend hurdles often imposed by the low educational levels of their parents, their community’s grim economics or the political systems of their country.
It is also true that books open readers to a world of knowledge. For children, they are exposed to 50 percent more words in a book than television. Reading regularly not only builds brain power but enriches the imagination. Hence, by simply encouraging people to read, we guide them towards possibilities beyond their immediate limitations.
The National Book Week takes place annually in September. It was conceived six years ago by the SABDC, in partnership with the Department of Arts and Culture. It was first organised in response to a study commissioned in 2007 by the South African Book Development Council. The study, which focused on the reading and book buying habits of adult South Africans, showed that only 14 percent of South Africans are avid book readers and a mere 5 percent of parents read to their children. The survey also indicated that 51 percent of households in South Africa did not have a single book in their home.
As Elitha van der Sandt, CEO of the South African Book Development Council (SABDC) puts it: “Books are important development tools and a strong reading culture is paramount to fueling growth in South Africa. The magic of books carry us beyond ourselves. So when you give a book, you give a person a kind of licence to reach for their dreams.”
Die lesing, getiteld “Met bier en bloed en dans en trom: Afrikaanse kunstefeeste en Van Wyk Louw se kultuurkritiek”, neem plaas op Donderdag, 10 September 2015 in die Universiteit van Johannesburg Raadsaal in die Madibeng-gebou. Verrigtinge begin om 18:30 vir 19:00.
The event will take place on Wednesday, 2 September, in the School of Public Health at UWC. The colloquium on “The Humanities and its Publics” will run from 2 to 5:30 PM, and the public launch will take place from 6 to 9 PM.
The special guests of the evening are Minister of Science and Technology Naledi Pandor, acting CEO of the National Research Foundation Dr Beverley Damonse, and Vice Chancellor of UWC Professor Tyrone Pretorius.
Read more about the NRF Flagship on Critical Thought in African Humanities:
Located in the Centre for Humanities Research, the flagship is founded on three research thematics: Aesthetic Education, the Becoming Technical of the Human, and Migrating Violence. To enhance public engagement, the Flagship will convene a public lecture series in Athlone, Cape Town, and establish a Factory of the Arts in the former District Six, an area of forced removals in Cape Town.